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Funding to enhance public facilities at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

30 November 2018

Plans to breathe new life into public spaces at Norwich Castle has received a major boost thanks to a £210,000 grant from FCC Environment.

The money, awarded through funding body WREN’s Flagship Project Scheme, will enable a programme of improvement works at Norwich Castle, which includes a major refurbishment of the public facilities, creation of a movable Early Years gallery and new public signage and displays.  The project will give the main toilets, which have not been upgraded in nearly 20 years, a much-needed uplift and will also transform the Rotunda, which is a well-used multi-purpose space in the heart of the Museum, while celebrating its unique 1960s architecture.

Councillor John Ward, Chair of the Norfolk Joint Museums Committee said:

The funding from WREN will make a tangible and significant improvement to public spaces at Norwich Castle.  A re-design of the Rotunda will ensure that it remains an inspiring place to eat, drink and take in the Museum activities for decades to come, while also creating a dedicated lunch area for school groups. We are very grateful to FCC Environment and WREN for their support, which is a real boost to plans to transform the overall visitor experience at Norwich Castle.”

These enhancements will support Norfolk Museums Service’s ambition to make Norwich Castle one of the most visited heritage attractions in the East of the England through its £13.5m Gateway to Medieval England project.  Following an announcement in October 2018, Norfolk Museums Service has been successful in its application for second-round funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling the Gateway to Medieval England project to progress through to its Delivery Phase.  These complementary projects will shine a spotlight on Norwich Castle and create a new cultural centre and community resource in the heart of the City.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

FCC Environment Regional Director Steve Longdon said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Norfolk Museums Service in their vision to enhance the public facilities at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.   It is great for our business to be involved in the transformation and enhance the experience for visitors of all ages.  The development of the Early Years provision is particularly exciting, and we look forward to welcoming the first of many visitors in the near future.”

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